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Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms #4)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,972 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living -- it's Florida and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial ki ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published May 1st 2002)
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didn't think Tim Dorsey could top himself..... but he did! This next title in the on-going Serge series is even sillier and crazier than the others.

If you're a first time reader of Tim Dorsey, don't worry about jumping into the series---this one is a prequel. According to the book cover, Tim killed off too many characters with the last books. So he did a prequel.

The book is *wonderful*. Crazy, madcap adventures in Tampa. Though if you've lived in Florida long enough, you'll recognize some of th
I loved this book! It is so outlandishly well written it totally entertained me for the 11+ hrs I listened to it. I am a character reader. I’d rather have good characters than a good plot. This book has both in a weird, psychedelic fashion. When you finish this book you may well feel you were doing the drugs some of the characters were doing.

It's odd I read Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen and this book back-to-back because they are yin and yang books. Both have unforgettable off beat main characte
Wow - might make you re-think retiring to Florida! Don't know who came first, Tim Dorsey or Carl Hiasson, but they are right up the same twisted Florida alley . . . or lane! The most average family in the world moves from the Midwest to Tampa and finds out that it is a different planet (maybe in a different galaxy) inhabited by the wackiest cast of characters you could imagine. For the first half of the book, while the characters are being introduced, I wasn't sure if I was listening to a novel ...more
Uncontrollable psycho Serge Storms is in the thick of things, but he's only one of a group of obsessive and mostly unlikable characters playing off each other in the seedier parts of Tampa, FL. Serge is a completely crazy killer but he kills such nasty characters, you don't feel very sorry for them. Serge has an oddly sentimental side as he does what he does in defense of those he deems innocent suburbanites trying to live peacefully in what they want to be a nice quiet neighborhood. Serge take ...more
Imagine a more slapstick version of "Pulp Fiction" and I'd say that about sums it up. There's plenty of sex, drugs, violence and rock'n'roll, plus some genuine laugh-out-loud comedy. I would've given Triggerfish Twist 5 stars based on entertainment value alone, but there were some moments that strained believability to the limit, therefore pushing it back a notch. (I say this after just giving five stars to a book written by a dog.) This is one of those quick, no-strain reads that's perfect when ...more
Sometimes.. one just has to read a book that is full of ironic twists and turns that leave you flippin' the pages faster and faster to see how it ends. The plot is so bizarre.. that the reader has absolutely no way of knowing or guessing what will happen next.. The character of Serge just cracked me up! He's a bad boy.. that deep down wants to be the good guy in his own neighborhood. What's a little murder and kidnapping between the guy next door?
Summary from Wikipedia: Jim Davenport is transferred to his company's branch in Tampa, Florida. Though initially excited by the move, the job quickly proves to be disappointing, Jim's neighbors are a strange bunch of eccentrics and crime is much worse than he had thought. Serge Storms, Sharon Rhodes and Coleman move in down the street. Serge seems pleasant enough, but there is definitely something odd about him. Sharon is a spiteful coke-headed hooker. Coleman is a brain-dead stoner who is const ...more
Tim Dorsey takes this story back to pre-Florida Roadkill, this first story in the Serge A. Storms series, which means the return of Coleman and Sharon, Serge's two faithful and hilarious sidekicks! There were many laugh out loud moments during the reading of this story, which adds to the enjoyment of the book. Will be interested to see what Mr Dorsey comes up with once we get back past Florida Roadkill and the loss of two important ancillary characters. What will Serge do next? Can't wait for th ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a good 'fluff' book to read
Recommended to Kate by: A coworker
I picked this book up because one of my coworkers had read it and said I would enjoy it because it has absurd characters, and he was correct.

This is the only one of the series I have read or probably will read because the plot is easy to figure out. However, the characters are wonderful and the humor is pretty good. The premise of the story is as follows: Jim Davenport reads in a magazine that Florida is a great place to raise a family. So, he moves his family to Triggerfish Lane and anticipates
Katy Sauer
I'm currently in the process of reading this series in chronological order rather than the way it was published and I found the humor in this very unique. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series that is available and following Serge on more of his adventures. I don't usually like 'slap stick' humor that much but this felt like such a different twist on that, it kept me engaged as I kept laughing out loud and having my jaw drop repeatedly at many of the absurd situations.
For a summer read, the Serge Storms series is a can't miss to make you feel the tropical Florida heat. In this edition, Triggerfish Twist, you'll be drawn in to the not so scenic Florida coast and an adventure that will keep you reading!

Foremost, the thing that makes me like this series are the characters. Cleverly writting with a great realism that makes you really love them. These three dimensional characters seem to leap off the page and be one of "those" people that you can relate to no matt
So realistic. Having lived in South Florida for over 30 years, none of Serges antics surprise me. What surprised me was seeing it in print, under fiction. I've read them all. There might have been one or two that weren't 5 stars, all however were an enjoyable and twisted look at the state I now love and live in. Although, now thankfully, way up in the panhandle .
It was a trip to read these while living in Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. Having been to most of the places mentioned in t
I was hoping to find something comparable to Carl Hiassen. Unfortunately, it's not Tim Dorsey. Crazy plots, but not very funny. 1.5 stars would be more accurate.
Apr 19, 2011 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Floridians, those that like funny and wacky stories
Recommended to Sandie by: I was hooked by the series already
I am amazed. Simply gob-smacked at how well Tim Dorsey can spin a wild tale and make it all come together. It’s sort of like Thanksgiving dinner – when you take a zillion ingredients that cook at different temperatures and for different periods of time and have to make them all end up together at just the right moment. It’s a skill that Tim Dorsey has found with words.

It’s also one of the ultimate family rituals that protagonist Serge A. Storms is trying to protect. He believes in the value of
I've been reading Tim Dorsey's books in chronological order; this I believe is his fourth novel. He finally hits his stride with this, "Triggerfish Twist". This one is not much different than his other novels, except he has fewer crazies, and describes the ones there are with much more care so that you have a vested interest in them (good or bad) and root for the good (or perhaps bad) guy. He further fleshes out what is probably going to be his "main character", Serge Storms, a sociopathic caree ...more
Critics who compared this novel to the movie Pulp Fiction got it right; although Serge was a touch more likable than Samuel L. Jackson, or maybe they were comparing Serge to Bruce Willis' character? Either way, this novel stands on its own with unique characters, plot twists and hilarious confrontations. Serge is perhaps my new hero, in his own sick and twisted way. He has the right idea when it comes to community but boy does he mess it up for the Davenports! His commencement speech is a fabulo ...more
Michele Weiner
Dorsey's latest book was mentioned in the NYTimes Book Review last week, so I decided to check out the author for $3.79 before spending for his new book!! This is my light reading month, which I normally devote to humor and mysteries, and this one is both. Hysterically funny social satire about the weird state of Florida and its inhabitants. The story is like a British farce or a Myron Cohen story that starts out slow and becomes increasingly, absurdly intricate until you are falling on the floo ...more
Tim Dorsey should be the very definition of the perfect summer read. His book TRIGGERFISH TWIST (Book 4 of the Serge Storms Series) is a perfect example. Dorsey writes with the flair of a serious Florida tourist. He writes laugh out loud prose. For all the whacky antics, the stories are brilliantly constructed.

I have yet to read any of this series in any chronological order. As a matter of fact, I started reading at book 10. There is no problem whatsoever in picking up anywhere along the line.
"Triggerfish Twist is a different story arc for Serge A. Storms and is based on the fact that the author Tim Dorsey killed off way too many people that he needs now in the first two novels of this series. Because of this, Triggerfish Twist is more of a parallel than an actual prequel or sequel to the entire series and thus seems to be a change from what happens. Because of this, a lot of people who read this book were turned off and this became the true ""not up to par"" novel because it changed ...more
I enjoyed this book club pick more than most of the others. It started a little slowly and for a couple of chapters, I wasn't sure if the humour was going to work - it seemed largely missing. But then I started laughing and it worked. It's a very similar style to Carl Hiaasen and likely inspired by him, but still enjoyable. Perhaps a bit more manic - Serge, the main star of the series is a very manic character and loosely based on an aspect of Mr. Dorsey's personality. A serial killer who kills ...more
Sara Barton
Talk about a fun read! This is one clever hoot -- unpredictable, wacky, with more characters than you can possibly shake a stick at, but all memorable for their quirky traits and unique insights into life. From the outrageous Serge to the naive but genuine Jim Davenport, Mr. Dorsey shoves his characters into an amusement park roller coaster ride through the streets of Tampa and then manages to derail the individual cars in such a calamitous way, you cannot possibly take any of this seriously. Th ...more
Scott Foshee
Triggerfish Twist is the 4th novel in Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms comedy/crime series. This series is an absolute blast, amazingly fun to read, and even a little bit educational. It is crazy Florida satire of the most outrageous order, and should not be missed. Rarely do I laugh out loud at books, but with Triggerfish Twist it seemed to happen nearly every few pages.

Jim Davenport is transferred for work and he and his nice Midwestern family move to Triggerfish Lane in Tampa Florida. Immediately af
Triggerfish Twist IS full of twists, and I would expect nothing less from this author. As with many other books in the Serge Storms Series, I have been chuckling out loud, and sharing tidbits with my fellow co-workers and my husband. Florida Roadkill is the first book in this series and definitely sets the tone. And though the reader is left wondering how these books can continue to be just as demented as the others if not more, they do.
Larry Hostetler
Another quirky, enjoyable ride (I mean read).

Typically Dorsey, following Serge Storms and Detective Mahoney with humor thrown in throughout.

I particularly appreciated the multifarious plot lines and the deft manner in which they were all brought together in a pleasing (and even funny) ending.

My only complaint (not enough to lower the rating) is that I didn't get enough of Detective Mahoney. I particularly enjoy his character.

This good read didn't disappoint.
Great American culture--satirizing work with perhaps a bit of truth and history of Florida history and real estate. The author makes it easy and fun to imagine each of the characters and takes the reader on a wild ride that brings otherwise wholly different people together, the resulting chaos of which is mostly driven by an unexpectedly lovable trickster named Serge Storms.

This book tries too hard to be funny but doesn't get there for me. (You know those smoke movies? The ones you have to smoke to watch?) This was like that for me. It didn't have a real plot just a lot of drugs, bad words, flimsy cops and nonsense. If you are bored read it... if you want to laugh don't read it unless you've smoked first.
Serge Storms is back, and so are Coleman and Sharon, his drug-addled idiot henchmen who died back in Florida Roadkill, in this prequel. Here, Serge becomes infatuated with Jim Davenport, a nice family man who moves to Triggerfish Lane in Tampa after that city is mistakenly listed as one of America’s nicest cities. Naturally, mania and mayhem ensues, as shady car salesmen, a pretend millionaire, and an assortment of lowlifes close in.

A good bit less chronologically addled than his previous books,
John Baden
I'd never heard of Tim Dorsey before this book was recommended to my by a professor at DeVry, and another student who went out and read it before I could described it as Quentin Tarantino meets Monty Python. By then I was interested, so I ordered it and finished it in two days. I'd agree with the Tarantino-Python comparison, and would also add a healthy dosage of Catch-22 in the mix.

Despite its ordinary length, this book was a quick read. I could scarcely put the thing down! Dorsey's characters
Ian Mapp
order - Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush.

How very annoying.... Coming back to read what this was about at the end of Sept 2004 and notices that I had failed to complete a review.

I remember this as being significantly funny enough for me to look out for all the others in the series which are detailed at the top of this book.

It concerns family man, Jim Davenport, who moves to a florida home because of a mistake in a top 50 places to live survey. He soon loses his job and gets
Read the previous reviews of Dorsey's earlier books to get a idea of my opinion on this book...but it is quite simply one of the funniest and most clever books I have ever read. Again, Dorsey's use of mixed chronology and character development is unparalleled - that will make more sense if you read the first few books in order - but Hiassenn best work doesn't even hold a candle to Dorsey on this one. It is one of three books (two by Dorsey) that has literally made me laugh out loud to the point ...more
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Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined
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Serge Storms (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)
  • Hammerhead Ranch Motel (Serge Storms, #2)
  • Orange Crush (Serge Storms, #3)
  • The Stingray Shuffle (Serge Storms, #5)
  • Cadillac Beach (Serge Storms, #6)
  • Torpedo Juice (Serge Storms, #7)
  • The Big Bamboo (Serge Storms, #8)
  • Hurricane Punch (Serge Storms, #9)
  • Atomic Lobster (Serge Storms, #10)
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